At Bournes Green, we recognise that technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in children’s lives. Therefore, we want to educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly, and safely.
All through their learning of computing children are introduced to subject-specific vocabulary. Computing is a subject that not only stands alone but is an integral part of learning that is woven throughout our curriculum. Computing is a significant part of daily life and children should be at the forefront, with a thirst for knowledge and opportunities to explore new technology. Computing within our school provides a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills across other curriculum subjects.
In Years 3 and 4, children learn to turn a simple real-life situation into an algorithm for a program by deconstructing it into manageable parts. Children learn to identify an error within their program that prevents it from following the desired algorithm and then fix it. They select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. Children are taught the function, features and layout of a search engine. They can appraise selected webpages for credibility and information at a basic level.
In Years 5 and 6, children learn to turn more complex real-life situations into algorithms for a program by deconstructing it into manageable parts. They identify the important aspects of the task (abstraction) and then decompose them logically, using their knowledge of possible coding structures and applying skills from previous programs. Children test and debug their program as they go and use logical methods to identify the cause of bugs, demonstrating a systematic approach to try to identify a particular line of code causing a problem. Children readily apply filters when searching for digital content. They learn to explain in detail how credible a webpage is and the information it contains. They compare a range of digital content sources and are able to rate them in terms of content quality and accuracy. Children use critical thinking skills in the everyday use of online communication.
Through the study of computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their life. Children are taught in the art form of ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide them with essential problem-solving skills that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.